UNION, NJ – About 100 runners and walkers took to the streets on Saturday for the MAX’s ‘Day of Giving’ 5K, which benefited Make-A-Wish New Jersey with over $10,000 in donations.

Melissa McAloon, MAX manager/trainer and event coordinator, said, “we reached our goal of raising over $10,000 and for that I would like to thank everyone for their support, including the vendors and local businesses.  We are very excited to have been able to give back to our community.”

Jibran Absarulislam, a 9th grade student, came in first in the event.  “I’m not sure of my time, but I think around 19 minutes.  I’m happy with it.”

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“We are very grateful to the MAX that they chose Make-A-Wish New Jersey to be the non-profit organization to benefit from their MAX ‘Day of Giving’”, said Emily Schonberg of the Make-A-Wish New Jersey organization.  “The gift of over $10,000 is amazing for a first-time event.  We are getting into our busiest wish-granting season, so it’s crucial Make-A-Wish New Jersey has the money we need to grant wishes this summer.”

Operation Rebound, a sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges, also participated in the 5K.  “Our Operation Rebound athletes were honored to be able to team up with the MAX and have all their members wait to cheer for our amazing athletes,” said Mike Boll of Operation Rebound.